Accidents & dangerous occurences - Metrics & Procedures
Everyone has a role in the prevention of accidents and Ill health at UCC.
The prevention,of foreseeable ill ness or injury by all on a 24/7 basis is key in all UCC activities - in so far as is reasonably practicable (AFARP).
UCC policy requires the prompt reporting of accidents and dangerous occurences. Insurers and the SHWW law requires it also. Annualy the highest categories of work realted accidents in Irealnd relate to slips, trips and falls, whilst the other major causation is manual handling of loads and vehicular transport accidents. ( the latter is an emerging trend)
If an incident occurs lessons may be learned by Department management to prevent a repeat occurence and to avoid human and economic loss. Proper incident records, photographs and witness statements are essential to the above and the processing or defense of any downstream PIAB civil compensation claims that may be lodged against the University.
Staff and Student Accident rates for the year ending 31st December 2016, for all categories of accident including minor, are reported as follows
- The Staff total (work related) accident rate per 1000 FTE = 8.2 ( all accidents) and 1.5 for 4 day+ lost time accidents.
- The Student total accident rate per 1000 students = 1.27 ( excluding sports).
Health and Safety Office February 2017.
Regretably inspite of a strong record of accident rate reduction at UCC up until 2012, and UCCs desire to prevent accidents and ill health at work in so far as is reasonably practicable, a tragic accident occured on the main avenue main campus on the 5th March 2013. Our colleague Frank McGrath RIP of the Buildings Office passed away in a MEWP vehicular accident. HSA, Insurance and OCLA led investigations into this accident are ongoing at this time.
An in Memoriam to Frank is available on the B&E Dept web page at :http://www.ucc.ie/en/build/director/frankmcgrath/